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Guernsey International Chess Festival 2014

The 40th Guernsey International Chess Festival will be held on 19-25 October 2014 at the Peninsula Hotel, Guernsey.

The Open Tournament – Sponsored by Intertrust Guernsey

A Seven Round, FIDE rated, Swiss Competition, open to players of any grade
Players with low ratings will be encouraged by the organisers to enter the Holiday tournament
Time limit: 40 moves in 100 minutes and then 40 minutes to finish with a 30 second increment per move from move 1
Entry fee: £40 (includes prize-giving dinner: juniors £30 entry fee)
Main Prizes: £1,200 : £600 : £300 : £200 : £150

The highest placed eligible player in the Open tournament will receive entry into the British Chess Championship 2015.

Last year winner was Sergei Tiviakov.

Jan Havenaar from Netherlands (2050), who played in all 39 previous editions, is coming back for another event on Guernsey. Rudiger von Saldern (1966) from Germany is also coming for his 39th visit out of 40.

The Holiday Tournament – Sponsored by the Pennisula Hotel

A Seven Round, Swiss Competition (with a bye possible in any of the first four rounds) open to players graded bellow 1800 FIDE (150 ECF)
FIDE rated players with a FIDE rating above 1800 may enter as long as they can demonstrate their national grade is below the required cut-off. This rule is applied at the organisers’ discretion.
Time limit: 40 moves in 2 hours and then 1 hour to finish
Entry fee: £40 (includes prize-giving dinner: juniors £30 entry fee)
Main Prizes: £400 : £200 : £100 : £75

Currently 111 players are registered for the Festival. Top rated are GM Hansen Eric Canada 2593, GM Hillarp-Persson Tiger Sweden 2557, GM Nigalidze Gaioz Georgia 2542, IM Hambleton Aman Canada 2451 and IM Tjiam Dharma Netherlands 2386.

Peninsula Hotel Guernsey

Peninsula Hotel Guernsey


Rounds 1 – 6 commence at 2.00 pm each day. The final round commences at 9.30 am on Saturday.
New ECF grades and ECF / Elo conversion formula are being used. All games will be ECF graded.
The default time will continue to be one hour.

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